I think book clubs sound awesome. A chance for you to gather with some like-minded people and discuss a book while having a glass of wine or eating something sweet and tasty.
I think it sounds like a cool way to get to know people and to find new ways to think of some of your favorite reads. Sadly, I am not part of a book club. I really should try, because it would be an awesome way for me to meet people (I’ve been living in this area for almost a year and I’ve met very few people…it’s sad). If I did have a book club these are some of the books I think would be really cool to read (the first 5 are books I have not read and last 5 are ones I have read):
1. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel…I’ve been dying to read this book for awhile and have struggled to get my hands on it. But I swear I would try even harder if I were needing it for a book club. It’s pretty high up on my want list. Not only have I heard excellent things about this book but I have also seen many different bloggers with some really interesting discussion points. I think it would be fun to read this with a group of people and to see if those sort of things come up.
2. Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall…I think it’s always good to have a historical fiction pick for book club. It lets you examine a certain period of history and lets you discuss your thoughts and feelings. I started this book, but didn’t get very far since I am such a distracted reader. Having it in a book club would definitely motivate me to continue (I just wasn’t in a historical fiction mood at that particular moment).
3. Brazen by Katherine Longshore…Another one I’m really looking to read, and one I think would be interesting with a group of people. This particular time period is so interesting (my husband is watching The Tudors lately and it just intrigues me…the style, the language, everything). I would also like to know how historically accurate this particular book is. Plus, discussing this one with a glass of wine sounds perfect.
4. I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios…Ok, I realize this books is literally JUST coming out, but still. From what I can tell this book is quite an emotional ride, so maybe this imaginary book club would be a support group instead? I think it would be great to talk with others about our connections with the characters and how we felt about various situations. I am looking forward to reading this one, but I think it would be nice to read it with fellow book lovers.
5. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes…I hear this book is emotional. I hear people tend to ugly cry. At my imaginary book club discussion of this book we will have plenty of kleenex, chocolate, and wine as we help each other get through this discussion. I guess I just love the idea of reading this with others and trying to relate. I’ve read and loved some other books by Jojo Moyes. I think she’d be a great pick.
(and now moving on to books I have read)
6. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay…AH, this book. I can’t even begin to describe how much I loved this book. There are so many things that could be discussed. Themes we could talk about, characters we could dish on. We could all swoon over Josh. It would be perfect. I’m sure I’ve talked you into this already.
7. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell…This book was so fun! I think it would be nice for a group to read to maybe lighten the mood, or maybe even as a summer read. This book reads like a romantic comedy, and we could talk about so many different things because of this book. I also know that there are some people who did not like it that much. I think it would be great to see all sides of this story and all feelings towards it. Such a fun time we would have.
8. Legend by Maria Lu…I love getting people into a new series, and this is the PERFECT series to get people addicted to (I mean HELLO, all the books are out!). The world Maria Lu creates and the characters she throws in there are fantastic, and could bring up some great discussions. This has also drawn some comparisons to The Hunger Games, which could be interesting to talk about. Fun fact…I liked this one better than The Hunger Games (and I LOVED The Hunger Games).
9. Diamond Ruby by Joseph Wallace…It’s been awhile since I’ve read this book, but I remember being completely addicted to it. That time period. So much happened in that time period. And the main character went through so much throughout the book. It’s such a great story of overcoming difficulties and reaching those dreams. It would be so fun to read it with others (because I don’t know many people that have read it) and to share all we think about it. And if you are reading this post and realize you haven’t read this…GET ON IT! It has baseball. It has drama. It has a pretty awesome female lead. Loved it.
10. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson…I recommend this book to people CONSTANTLY. This book paints a pretty darn accurate picture of grief, and I think those that have not experienced grief on this level would get a lot from it. For me…it gave me a story I could relate to. I understood where the sadness was coming from, and it kind of gave me comfort. This is a book we could read as a support group more than a book club. Again…we’d have all the necessities…kleenex, chocolate, wine. It’d be perfect.
I’m sure there are SO many more books that could make this list, but I like what I’ve got going here. So what do you say? Want to join my imaginary book club? I mean I’ve basically planned most of a years worth of meetings, so that helps. And I’ve made sure to let it be known that there WILL be wine, and sweets, and kleenex. What are you waiting for?
Ha, maybe I need to find a group of people to do this with me someday..
What about you? Do you belong to a book club? What do you read? Or…do you want to join a book club? What would you like to read?